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‘Eyes Wide Open’ campaign – 2008

27 October, 2008

The Editor, The Wellingtonian, 40 Boulcott St., PO Box 3740, Wellington

Dear Editor:

The “Vote with both eyes open” poster campaign is an important one.  The New Zealand electorate may think it’s time for a change, but what “change” would a National Government bring about?  Privatization of key public assets like Kiwi Bank is a likelihood based on past experience as this poster campaigns points out.

But that’s not all.  The privatisation / free trade policies of National and Labour governments over the last twenty years emphasized short term profits of global corporations, a widening of the gap between the affluent and the poor, and a denial

of climate change.  This is the economic theory which has, for example, led to the sub-prime (low income) mortgage market in the USA being squeezed for every last dollar until it burst, precipitating the credit crisis.

The only political parties in New Zealand who have been warning against this short term profit economy are some of the smaller parties, all of whom have struggled to get into parliament.  If the electorate can keep “both eyes open” on the past and envision the real change needed for the future, then they can enlist those currently smaller parties to help us into a sustainable economy.

Sincerely,  Richard Keller

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